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Benfay - One Touch Button Music [THN054]


Published April 5, 2004
Topics Ambient


After three busy years with several EPs, Remixes and Compilation Tracks for Thinner it was more than about time to present the native German, but Swiss residing Thinner-Allstar Benfay within an Album context. And with One Touch Button Music he presents a heart-shaped box that contains twelve pralines of electronic music ranging through many styles.

Having studied the double-bass at the College of Music in Berne, Benfay is an open-minded character who transposes the many different influences of the electronic / acoustic music fields hes working in within his many projects by using his unique clean and crisp production skills. Benfays sound is established on Thinner - he doesnt hide behind samples, his education in composition is obvious by the flowery melodies his tracks use to have.

One Touch Button Music is everything else but simple, from what the title might imply it is a collection of thoughtful compositions that range between mellow Ambient spheres within a lounge character and thoughtfully developed Minimalhouse anthems. The album is divided in two parts Tracks 1-6 represent Benfays vigorous Minimalhouse side, the songs 7-12 unfold a mellow, idyllic Ambient/Lounge enviroment.

The journey starts with Kingfish a perfect opener with killer bassline and carefully unleashing beats. Bluestone is a wet cycling Minimalhouse spring track with magic forest atmospheres. Oak keeps on shifting the breathing pad with the clever beat programming, while Warm Home is one of those unique-Benfay burners, that devastates the floor with its firework of cut-off chords and Gwendolyns charming voice environments. Mellow, very mellow and somewhat beautiful with the everlasting floater Segelflieger, Benfay drifts into warmer patches of sunset-sounds that is made to perfection with the summer roller Flussbett that is twisting and turning with blissful chords, tender breathes and catching grooves. With Elfenblond Benfay starts the pearl diving by deep diving into an infinite ocean of cool organic Ambient/Lounge pearls, to stop by The Carribean Bar
to hear what happened with Jack And Jill ... Rain, toll grass, an old couple on a bench, enjoying each others accompany ... and restlessly climbing nearby, somewhere in the swiss mountains Benfay.


1 - Kingfish
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
2 - Bluestone
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
3 - Oak
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
4 - Warm Home
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
5 - Flussbett
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
6 - Segelflieger
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
7 - Elfenblond
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
8 - Ploetzliche Kuehle
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
9 - The Carribean Bar
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
10 - Jack And Jill
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
11 - Allein Unter Den Arkaden
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
12 - Blueten-Konfetti
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
Source http://www.thinnerism.com
Run time 72:58
Label / Recorded by Thinner

See also MusicBrainz (release group)[MusicBrainz (release group)]; MusicBrainz (release)[MusicBrainz (release)]; Discogs (release)[Discogs (release)]

Notes

Vielleicht ein wenig ünglücklich, dass etwas ravig schwärmerisch daddelnd trockene "Kingfish" an den Anfang des Albums von Benfay zu stellen, denn obwohl das hier im Office mit: "schon wieder ne neue Funk D`Void" kommentiert wurde, finde ich dass der Track weitaus weniger Ravepotential hat, als zum Beispiel das detroitigere "Warm Home" mit seinen Vocals, Strings und dem etwas zuckender funkigeren Rhythmus. 11 Tracks mit subtilen Bassdrums, swingender Tiefe und vielen leichten Dubs zu perlend klaren minimalen Sounds, die, das Cover trügt da ein wenig, auch nicht kitschiger sind als Jeff Bennett Tracks, dafür aber oft genug über sich hinauswachsen und einem versprechen, dass Dubtechno in seiner melodischen Form auch das nächste Jahrzehnt noch überleben wird. Sweet. Gegen Ende wird die Platte immer ruhiger und trudelt vielleicht auf "Jack and Jill" ein wenig zu sehr in Richtung fantastische Erzählung.

Bleed - (http://www.de-bug.de)

Während die ersten sechs Tracks schöne Club-Tracks zum Körper-Swingen sind, schwebt Benfay in der zweiten Hälfte ambient durch den Raum und lässt auch mal die Finger jammend über die Tastatur fliegen. Zwar hätte ich es ein bisschen besser gefunden, wären die Tracks ineinander geschoben und Club mit Ambient verschmolzen, aber die strikte Trennung ist Konzept. Und so liegen einem eigentlich zwei Mini-EPs auf einmal vor.

Trotzdem wächst das Album mit jedem Hören. Selbst die Club-Tracks entpuppen sich als verspielte und überraschenderweise smoothe House-Musik mit sehr sphärischem und relaxtem Flavour. Man merkt dem Album die lang-jährige Erfahrung des Musikers an. Neben schönen unaufdringlichen Sound-Spielereien, atmet das Album vor allem von variantenreichen Drehungen.

Moritz Sauer (http://www.phlow.net)

Reviews

Reviewer: Muzikal Mulch - - August 8, 2011
Subject: stunning...
This is so incredibly good... creative production with a keen sense of melody and an ability to run through notes like a calm & collected jazz player.
Not that this sounds anything like jazz-
It's just the level of musical proficiency in the creation- not just a stack of programmed sounds- but the added dimension of a human touch that is often lacking in this type of song structure.

If it were a cassette or album- side 1 would be house-y beats, and side 2 is lush ambient.

A remarkable release on the Thinner label (we miss you and await your 11.11.11 return)

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